A Breath
Of Fresh Air

An award winning sensory garden
conceived for well-being.

Engaging the senses

This garden is a place for quiet contemplation which engages the senses. It is a space designed to bring people well-being, providing the opportunity to connect with nature for a moment in a safe and peaceful place.

Rae was commissioned to design a sensory garden by The Abbeyfield for their Breath of Fresh Air scheme as a show garden for RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2016. The garden was designed to be directly relocated to their dementia care home in Kew, with a view to the design being replicated and reconfigured at other homes.

It is a calm and accessible space, which invites residents, carers and visitors outside into the fresh air. The looping path is designed for dementia and for wheelchair accessibility while the handrail picks up the sense of flow. Sensory planting and features have been chosen to be engaging whilst not overwhelming, using familiar materials, fragrant herbs, and including specific colours for dementia such as blue and orange.

The Mobius XI sculpture forms a centrepiece and a way marker and represents continuous flow. It was hand carved from a single piece of sandstone by sculptor Jim Milner. You can see more of his work and get in touch with him at jimmilnersculpture.co.uk. The garden was built by Outdoor Options.